This was an easy read, and intriguing. David Smith's POV on the tragic loss of his two children at the hands of his wife. He intermingles the story of their struggling marriage, affairs, with the events of those 9 days the kids were "missing" while his wife lied about what really happened...that she drowned them by strapping them into their car seats and rolling the car into a nearby lake. David includes at the end some of the many (21,000) letters he received after the news hit about the kids being dead. Good book, well written.
Great Story,yet so sad.I went to the gravesite of these little boys and also to the lake where they lost their lives.I will never understand how a mother could do that to her children and I think the court should have done the very same thing to her instead of let her live,David lost his boys because of her,yet her parents still have her even though she is in prison,she's still alive.I followed this story from the beginning and it will always be in the back of my mind.I wish David and his new life the best even though I know it's hard for him.
Easy fast read. A lot of false self-deprecating, in my opinion, about his affairs, etc, and trying to garner as much sympathy for himself as possible. Sad story, for sure, but it was a bit of an annoying book.
Although it's terribly sad, I'm glad I read this book. It's good to hear his point of view, and I was surprised at the level of personal detail he was willing to provide. Truth is, that made it sadder, because they just seemed so normal. Small town kids who met young, married young, had many of the very typical conflicts and struggles of many young married couples, and a nasty breakup in a small town. Affairs, arguments, family members in the middle of all the drama, kids caught in the middle, on-again off-again with the marriage, yet as messy as it was I couldn't find anything about their story leading up to the tragedy that really seemed so out of the ordinary. Everyone you know has at least a few or more of the problems they had, and while there are some really sad and upsetting parts in each of their histories, it still seems inconceivable this young mother was capable of murder. The details were often uncomfortable and abrupt, but in all it was a very human book describing flawed but well-meaning people in a terrible small town tragedy. I still recommend it for a sort of insider understanding of what seemed an unimaginable crime.
That get you wanting more. You felt like you needed yo hear the story from an inside point of view. I remember my daughter who was very young at the time, so we kept changing the channel when it came on the news. She was so curious. Then to read this books and see how the father felt was like seeing it from a personal level.